I am always looking for the simplest, most compact device to capture some of my behind-the-scenes footage. My phone was my go-to choice for some time, but then I realized I needed more flexibility, a form of stabilization for some sequences, and Depending on the project, different frame rates.
Feiyu was kind enough to send me a few weeks back the Pocket II that should be out but the time this article is published. Do I really need such a device? What for? Lets find out!
Something important I have to point out, I didn’t have the most recent firmware for the majority of the images you see in the video. The firmware was updated recently, so this might have played a rôle in some of my findings.
It’s small and compact, it does fit in the pocket, has an integrated non-removable battery that you charge with a USB cable and all your footage will be recorded on a micro sd card. It is a well-built all-metal camera and weighs only 127g. It can shoot up to 60fps in Ultra HD 4K and has a battery that will let you shoot up to 3 and a half hours when fully charged.
At a glance:
All-metal frosted body
Weighs only 127g
Supports external microphone (adapter not provided)
Magnetic body, easy to pick and place
Ultra HD 4K at 60fps, up to 120M Max. bit rate
Sony1/2.3 inch CMOS,12million effective pixels
Three-axis mechanical gimbal
3.6 hours long battery life, working with max. storage 512go
1/4 inch thread hole on the bottom allows you to adapt more accessories
The 130° Ultra wide-angle isn't fired, you can choose between three different viewing modes: super wide-angle, wide-angle, and narrow-angle. It has a little touchscreen on the back that still helps you compose your shots. All the options of this device can be accessed there or if you wish to have a bigger screen there is of course a dedicated app!
One of the main features is 3 axis stabilization, which lets you capture floaty smooth images. One of the many useful features is the tracking option. Simply draw a box around the subject you want to track on the App and the gimbal should follow it as long as it doesn’t move ultra-fast.
Now in which cases would I ever use this? For me, every time pulling out my gimbal and big camera is not necessary. Every time I want to be discreet and go undercover or when I go solo and need a few quick Behind the scenes videos. I usually use a 360° camera for my BTS videos, for the convenience of framing or reframing my videos in post. So am I switching to the Pocket 2? Of course not, these are 2 completely different cameras, with 2 different purposes, I will definitely use both.
I also found another useful way to use this camera. I can use the Pocket 2, every time I go scouting for locations, every time we have to rehearse, prepare a shoot on location with a performer. If we have planned a few gimbal shots, Instead of bringing a huge setup, I can simulate my camera moves with the pocket 2 and it will be enough for me in most situations to use it as a visual reference before production starts.
The images are pretty good for a camera of this size, but you will push it quickly to its limits when shooting in low-light situations. When going slow-mo, it is also important to note that you will be losing in resolution but also in image quality.
But let's not forget the convenience of having such a small device ready to film in 4k in your pocket. For content creators, YouTubers, and vloggers, this could be the perfect camera!
Retail price at launch will be 359$! Get yours now: Feiyu Store